ECTS Mike Horton Award
Nominations period: September – November.
Professor Mike Horton (1948-2010) was a hematologist-turned-basic scientist who made significant contributions in the bone field and beyond. He performed pioneering work in osteoclast biology which resulted, among other things, in the recognition of the alpha v beta 3 integrin as a therapeutic target for inhibiting bone resorption. His warm personality and wide-ranging interests inspired many young researchers.
The award is for €1000 (Euros) and is announced during the ECTS annual congress.
The ECTS Mike Horton Award is open to individuals who have made a significant basic or translational contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.
ECTS Board members are not eligible to this award during term of office in the ECTS Board.
The Call for Nominations for the 2021 Mike Horton Award are now open until 30 November 2021.
Nominees must be nominated and seconded by ECTS members.
Nominations should be submitted via the online form.
All nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers. The final decision is based on the marks and comments from the reviewers and any conflicts of interest are identified and dealt with appropriately.
Winner of the 2022 Mike Horton Award
Congratulations to Ulf H. Lerner, Professor of Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research at Institute for Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, recipient of the 2022 Mike Horton Award presented during the ECTS Annual General Meeting 2022.
For a full list of previous Award recipients, please visit the Previous Grants section.
Professor Ulf H. Lerner has been awarded the 2022 European Calcified Tissue Society Mike Horton Award for recognition of basic and translational contributions to the field of bone and calcified tissue.
Professor Ulf Lerner has performed his research at both Umeå University and University of Gothenburg. His research has made significant contributions to the field of bone cell biology with a special focus on basic research of osteoclastogenesis and osteoclast activity regulated by inflammatory mediators and osteotropic hormones. More recently, his knowledge in bone cell biology has been of great importance also in translational studies to assess genetic control of bone mass. In addition to his important scientific achievement, Ulf Lerner has also been a great mentor to many students and colleagues for many years. His commitment in sharing his knowledge and of spreading the understanding of bone biology, also outside the bone field, can be appreciated by the many reviews, book chapters and popular science papers he has contributed to. His ongoing research is performed at the Sahlgrenska Osteoporosis Centre and Centre for Bone and Arthritis Research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and is mainly focused on the importance of retinoids, glucocorticoids and inflammation as regulators of bone resorption and formation and on effects by WNT signaling on bone cell differentiation and activity.